Fire Interrupts Church Service

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Fire interrupted a church service in Luzerne County today when the church rectory caught fire.

It happened during 11 a.m. mass at St. John the Baptist Orthodox church in Nanticoke.

Firefighters said neighbors saw smoke coming from the rectory and called 911.

The priest said he learned about the fire in the middle of the church service.

“My son came rushing in to tell me the rectory was on fire, and I said ‘go tell your mother, we’re celebrating the liturgy right now.’ And I said ‘is everybody safe,’ and I knew all of my children were safe. My next concern was for my firefighters. I’m the Nanticoke city fire chaplain,” said Father Adam Sexton.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the fire.

Firefighters believe the flames started in the basement of the rectory.

A fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.